Cathy Nolan’s Daily Reflection.

Begin to pray and fast as in the first days of my coming here!

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JMJ

August 17, 2016
Dear Family of Mary!
July 25, 1991 “Dear Children! Today I invite you to pray for peace. At this time peace is being threatened in a special way, and I am seeking from you to renew fasting and prayer in your families. Dear children, I desire you to grasp the seriousness of the situation and that much of what will happen depends on your prayers and you are praying a little bit. Dear children, I am with you and I am inviting you to begin to pray and fast seriously as in the first days of my coming. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
These words spoken to us in 1991 are no less applicable to 2016. We are in great need of peace. Peace is threatened in a special way today just as it was in 1991. The situation is serious. And much of what will happen depends on our prayers and our fasting.
I felt I should bring up the topic of fasting today, because it is so easy to forget it. Our Lady has asked us to fast on bread and water on Wednesday and Friday, each week. She has been clear about fasting. It is not an option. It is something every Christian should be doing, as part of our relationship with God.
Fr. Slavko Barbaric wrote about fasting, and encouraged fasting throughout his ministry in Medjugorje. He gave so many fasting retreats during which the participants would fast on bread and water for several days, as they prayed. Fr. Slavko understood fasting.
He wrote much about fasting, including this book: “Fast with the Heart”. Here is an excerpt:
4.28. Everyone is called to Fast.
We must not forget that the healthy and the sick, the young and the old, the rich and the poor, the holy and the sinful must all fast; although, the consequences of their fasting certainly differ. By means of their fasting and prayer, the healthy will have more compassion for the sick. The sick will more easily endure their cross and, as many have experienced, they will get well more easily.
By fasting and prayer the young will retain their freedom and will note permit bad habits to imprison them. They will recognize them more easily and will overcome them more successfully. By fasting and prayer the elderly will more easily retain peace and live their days with greater joy. They will be more generous and grateful for their lives.
By fasting and prayer the rich will comprehend what they need and what they have. In this way, they will be able more easily to share their goods with their poor brothers. Fasting and prayer will help them not to become proud in their wealth and will protect them from unjust behavior. Fasting and prayer will help them to be grateful for what they have.
By fasting and prayer the poor will more easily carry their cross of poverty and will not fall into the temptation of thinking that they will have everything when they have more, or when they become rich. Fasting will protect them from becoming bitter in their poverty.
Fasting and prayer will help a sinner to understand his sinfulness more easily; to acknowledge his responsibility better; to repent more sincerely; and to receive the strength to free himself from evil and sin.
By fasting and prayer those who are holy will grow in love, faith, hope, abandonment and trust in God.
By fasting and prayer, it is also easier to protect the environment. There would be less garbage; and we would be able to overcome the general world danger of rapidly using up all natural resources as if we were the last generation on earth.
As you read this book, the third Millennium is constantly spoken of and questions are being asked as to what it will bring us. A better question to ask is ‘What are we like as we enter into the third Millennium?’ If we rush into the new Millennium with our pride, greed, insatiable appetite for food and drink and a tireless race for material goods, we will continually cause adversity. We will collide against each other in selfishness and greed destroying the family unit, the Church, the community and the world in general.
To restore fasting and prayer in the Biblical sense means to create conditions for a new life.
FASTING MUST NO LONGER BE FORGOTTEN AND MISUNDERSTOOD. IT MUST BE RESTORED AND REGAIN ITS PROPER PLACE – FOR OUR SAKE, FOR THE SAKE OF NATURE, FOR THE SAKE OF OTHERS, AND FINALLY FOR THE SAKE OF OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD!
A Canadian Benedictine, Adalbert de Vogue, in his book, ‘To Love Fasting’ admits that Medjugorje’s call to fasting has helped the Church return to the practice of fasting.
“Specifically, religious fasting has not completely disappeared. The recent apparitions of the Virgin of Medjugorje have even restored to honor the ancient observance of fasting on bread and water on Wednesday and Friday. But western Christianity remains deprived of living customs and spiritual motives…”
(Fr. Slavko Barbaric. Fast with the Heart. P. 59-61)
The fruits of fasting are solid and long-lasting. Everyone benefits from self-denial. It is so beneficial. And it is a strong defense against evil because it strengthens us against sin. Our Lady needs us to become strong, to form an oasis of peace in this peaceless world. Let’s help each other to fast!
There is a wonderful movement called “Live the Fast” which was begun by Andy LaVallee. His website is a strong encouragement for those who want to fast:www.livethefast.org !! Thank you, Andy, for answering Our Lady’s call to encourage fasting. In these days, it is very serious and important!
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2016

The New Ark of the Covenant

       (c)Mateo Ivankovic 2016
JMJ

August 16, 2016
St. Stephen of Hungary
Dear Family of Mary!

I am lingering over the power of the Feast of the Assumption.  I want to share the homily given by Fr. Leon Pereira yesterday in Medjugorje, at English Mass.  He covers the Scriptural basis for Our Lady’s Assumption.  It gives me such peace to know more and more about Our Lady.  Maria Assumpta, ora pro nobis!!

Fr. Leon Pereira – Homily on August 15, 2016 – The Assumption:

How would you like to be remembered after you are gone? It depends, I suppose on who you leave behind, and what they recall about you. And often enough, what people say about us is not the fine-tuned version that we would like to publicize about ourselves. People’s memories are selective.
Now the remembering of our dead is the best that a world that does not know Christ can muster. The pagans set up memorials because the only thing you can leave the world is the memory of you before you departed for the world of wraiths and shadows. And even today people will say things like “Our dead ones will live on in our memories.” Now if that is true, then they are the most pitiable of all. Because they have a half-life that will depend on our vague and befuddled memories.
The dead do not live on in our memories. And Christ is no shadow, no wraith, not ghost. He says to his disciples after His resurrection, “Handle me and see, a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” That is why we do not have relics of Christ as such, but only of the things that came into contact with Him. The relics of His Passion, the burial cloths, the nails, the crown of thorns and the other implements of His Passion and Death. And you see that this is also true of Our Lady.
The early Christians avidly collected the bones and blood of the martyrs the way modern people might collect a piece of the Berlin Wall or a lock of Elvis’ hair. The early Christians never claimed to have a relic of Our Lady. Of the body of Our Lady. Instead they said that Our Lady was no longer on the earth. Certainly not in her spirit, but not in her body either.
Collecting the relics of saints and martyrs makes a lot of sense. Far more sense indeed than collecting pieces of the Berlin Wall, or of Elvis or a photograph of so-called celebrities. Real celebrities, those who ought to be celebrated, are the Saints of Christ.
And when we celebrate Our Lady, we do not celebrate a memory. Mary is not a shadow. She is complete. She is alive, she is not dead. By the power of the Resurrection of her Son, she is risen!
In his Gospel, Luke presents Our Lady as a box, to be precise, as the Ark of the Covenant. I hope you know what the Ark of the Covenant is. Thank about “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, the very first film. The box like things with the two angels over it, with handles on either side, and the Spirit of God rested over it, and anyone who touched it was likely was zapped to death. Do you remember? That is the Ark of the Covenant. Luke portrays Our Lady as the Ark.
The Scriptures tell us that the Ark held three things (Hebrews 9:4). They are all symbols of Jesus. First, the Ten Commandments were kept inside the Ark. The two stone tablets that God gave to Moses, the covenant that God had made with His people. But Jesus, we know, is the mediator of the new and eternal covenant. Jesus is like the new set of stone tablets (Hebrews 9:15). Second, it held Manna, the Bread from Heaven that God fed His people with in the desert. But Jesus is the true and living Bread from Heaven. He, Himself, tells us (John 6:14-15). And third. It contains Aaron’s staff, the one which budded and flowered. This was the sign that God had picked Aaron to be high priest. But Jesus is the High Priest, the shoot sprouting from the stump of Jesse (Isiah 11:1)
The contents of the old Ark prefigure Jesus. So the thing containing these things, the Ark itself, prefigures Mary. It is a symbol of Mary before she, herself, had arrived. The old Ark contained the Old Covenant. Mary, the new Ark, contains the New Covenant.
And just as the old Ark was overshadowed by the Glory of God (Exodus 14: 34), so Mary is overshadowed by the power of the Most High (Luke 1: 35).
King David, we are told, lept and danced before the Ark when it came to Him (2 Samuel 6: 12-16). Likewise, (you just heard it now in the Gospel) John the Baptist leaps in his mother’s womb when she hears the sound of Mary’s greeting (Luke 1:41).
And then the old Ark stayed in the house of Obed-edom for three months, and it caused increased fertility in that family (2 Samuel 6:11) and how long did Mary stay in Elizabeth’s house? “And she stayed with her three months” (Luke 1: 56)
And what happens? The whole reason Elizabeth is pregnant is because of Mary and Jesus. The whole reason Zachariah regains his speech, in fact the whole reason he was struck dumb in the first place, is all because of what is going on with Mary and Jesus.
King David says when the Ark comes to him in Jerusalem, “Who am I that the Ark should come to me?” (2 Samuel 6:9). Likewise, again you just heard it, what does Elizabeth say when Mary comes to her? “Who am I that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” (Luke 1:43)
In other words, Luke is telling us clearly that Mary is the Ark of the New Covenant. Mary is the Ark of the New and Eternal Covenant.
Now what happened to the original Ark is a mystery. It is not in someone’s cellar in the United States after Indiana Jones rescued it. The songs in Jeremiah say it was lost. And they prophesied that it would be superseded at the coming of the Messiah (Jeremiah 3: 16). A later legend says that Jeremiah hid the Ark at Mount Nebo (2 Maccabees 4:8).
The loss of the Ark is a great blow to the people of Israel. For the Ark was the guarantee of the special presence of God with His people. Wherever the Ark was, their God was there in a special way. But in Jesus God was present in a special way. Jesus is God made Man. God made flesh. So in Mary, the Ark of the Covenant, God is fully present in space and time. Mary is the guarantee that God has become a human being, that God is present to His people. And this time forever. The old Ark is gone. It’s lost. But this new Ark, it is fitting that the new Ark should never be lost as the old one was.
And so the Book of Revelation tells us that Mary is associated with celestial powers. It says that Mary is clothed with the sun, she is standing on the moon, crowned with twelve stars, and juxtaposes her with the old Ark. Revelations 11 ends by saying, “There was thunder and lightning, a peel of thunder, and the Ark of God was seen in heaven. And a great sign appeared in Heaven: A Woman clothed with the Sun, standing on the Moon, crowned with twelve Stars. And she cried aloud in the travail of birth.” Mary is shown with all these things to show us that she is the new Ark and that she is removed from the changeability of this world. She is in God’s world because she is faithful to His covenant forever and Jesus’ sign that He is faithful forever to us.
Mary, through Christ, is the first fruits that has been glorified and made fully alive through the power of Jesus’ resurrection. And we, according to the Book of Revelation, we are the other children of the Woman clothed with the Sun because we belong to Christ and await His coming in glory. Those who are faithful to the Son she gives birth to. And He has never allowed His mother, this Ark to be destroyed because the covenant He makes with us lasts forever. He has prepared a place of rest for this woman who bore the Son, and more than that, both the Gospel of St. John and the Book of Revelation make clear, we Christians are given a great thing, we are given Our Lady as our Mother. A living, bodily Mother. Not a ghost, not a spirit, not a memory, but a resurrected woman, fully alive.
I asked you at the start how you would like to be remembered when you are dead. I don’t want to be remembered, I want to be resurrected. So that I can put my arms around Our Lady and tell her how beautiful she is, and how much I love her. And I can only do that if I have a body. Mary is not remembered, she is resurrected. And she is alive in Christ, and she is your mother, even more than your own mother can be to you.
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Oh Mary, Ark of the New and Eternal Covenant, pray for us!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
(c) Mary TV 2016

Maria Assumpta, ora pro nobis!

       (c)Mateo Ivankovic 2016
JMJ

August 15, 2016
Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary!
Dear Family of Mary!
August 15, 1985 “Dear children! Today I am blessing you and I wish to tell you that I love you and that I urge you to live my messages. Today I am blessing you with the solemn blessing that the Almighty grants me. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
In this simple message given on the Feast of the Assumption in 1985, Our Lady showed her love. She blessed all those who were receiving her message. And she told us that she loves us. In her love she longed for us all to live her messages. She urged us! Why? Because she knew that in her messages we would find the way to peace, to unity with God and with each other. Her messages have continued to be a source of protections and salvation for us. She is drawing us back to her Son in these turbulent times. And then she blessed us with a “solemn blessing” given to her by the Father. Wow!! We want her solemn blessing today!!
I read an incredible article about Our Lady and her role in these days, written by Fr. Paul Scalia, the son of the late Chief Justice Antonin Scalia. Fr. Scalia obviously has his father’s intellect, fueled by much study, and an inner compass that leads him to the depths of the truth. This article, in a few words, reveals the role of Mary in our world today! It will amaze you.
Here is the link to the entire article, found on “The Catholic Thing” website:
Please, please take the time to read this article today, on this powerful Feast of the Assumption. You will understand so much!!
Maria Assumpta, ora pro nobis!!
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©MaryTV 2016

Return to prayer!

       (c)Mateo Ivankovic 2016
JMJ

August 12, 2016
St. Jane Francis de Chantal
Dear Family of Mary!
July 25, 2016
“Dear children! I am looking at you and I see you lost; and you do not have prayer or joy in your heart. Return to prayer, little children, and put God in the first place and not man. Do not lose the hope which I am carrying to you. May this time, little children, every day, be a greater seeking of God in the silence of your heart; and pray, pray, pray until prayer becomes joy for you. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
Our Lady calls us to return to prayer. Over and over and over, she calls us! Prayer is at the heart of her messages. But we hesitate, we lose our resolve, we get distracted, and we fail.
I was praying the Way of the Cross yesterday, and I confessed to the Lord at the 3rd Station that I fall (and fail) all the time. I fall in my prayer, in my service and in so many ways. But I had a mental image as I confessed this to Jesus. I saw myself as a little girl, a tiny little girl, who was running and fell down. At that moment Our Lady scooped me up and held me tight. I realized that all my falls, my sins, my failures can be handled by Mother Mary, if I let her pick my up after each fall. She will help me recover, and repent, and find a new way. This image gave me great hope. I hope it will give you some hope as well!
I found a collection of quotes from St. Jane Frances de Chantal about prayer. I think they are helpful in our search for prayer. She is so practical and gentle. Just like Mary. Maybe between Our Lady and St. Jane Frances, we can all learn a new way of prayer. We really need to pray, pray, pray!!

Saint Jane Frances de Chantal on Prayer

Mortification and prayer are the two wings by which one may take flight into those holy resting places where one finds peace in God far from the business of men.

If when beginning prayer we could make in ourselves a mere capacity for God, no other method would be required. Prayer must be carried on by grace, and not by deliberate art. Enter into your prayer by faith, remain in it in hope and do not abandon it except for that charity which serves and endures. Hold fast.

In prayer one must hold fast and never let go, because the one who gives up loses all. If it seems that no one is listening to you, then cry out even louder. If you are driven out of one door, go back in by the other. If you are told, as was the Canaanite woman, that you do not deserve the grace for which you are asking, then reply like her that you are not seeking unusual favors, but are hoping only to eat the crumbs which fall from the divine table.

Let us be sure that we understand what an honor it is for us to spend time in prayer, as much time as we wish, as intimately as we wish. The man who wins an hour-long audience from his prince, considers himself lucky. And our God, before whom the kings of the earth are less than a spark in the full blaze of the sun, and less than a little worm in the presence of the highest angels — this great God, nevertheless, is eager to hear us no matter what hour of the day or night we turn to Him.

With God there is no need for long speeches. In heaven the angels utter no other word than this: HOLY. This is their entire prayer, and in paradise they are occupied with this single word as an act of homage to the single Word of God who lives eternally.

In prayer, more is accomplished by listening than by talking.

A good and perfect prayer requires that we forget self, that we be ready to sacrifice all that we are for God.

We should go to prayer with deep humility and an awareness of our nothingness. We must invoke the help of the Holy Spirit and that of our good angel, and them remain still during this time in God’s presence, full of faith that He is more in us than we are in ourselves.

There is no danger if our prayer is without words or consideration, because the good success of prayer depends neither on words nor on study. It depends upon the simple raising of our minds to God, and the more simple and stripped of feeling it is, the surer it is.

The essence of prayer lies not in being always on your knees, but in conforming your will totally to God in all the events of life.

St. Jane Frances de Chantal, pray for us!!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2016

Interior Battles

Eucharistic Adoraton

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JMJ

August 11, 2016
St. Clare
Dear Family of Mary!
Today is the Memorial of St. Clare of Assisi. Clare joined St. Francis in Assisi as a young woman, desiring to give herself completely to Jesus. And that is exactly what she did. For 41 years she gathered women around her who wanted to devote themselves to “Eucharistic prayer and joyful poverty”. In the year 1240, the Saracens approached Assisi and were about to enter and despoil the monastery where Clare and her sisters lived. Here is what happened:

Here is an account of the incident from The History of Saint Clare, Virgin, written by Tommaso da Celano:

“By imperial order, regiments of Saracen soldiers and bowmen were stationed there (the convent of San Damiano in Assisi, Italy), massed like bees, ready to devastate the encampments and seize the cities. Once, during an enemy attack against Assisi, city beloved of the Lord, and while the army was approaching the gates, the fierce Saracens invaded San Damiano, entered the confines of the monastery and even the very cloister of the virgins. The women swooned in terror, their voices trembling with fear as they cried to their Mother, Saint Clare.

“Saint Clare, with a fearless heart, commanded them to lead her, sick as she was, to the enemy, preceded by a silver and ivory case in which the Body of the Saint of saints was kept with great devotion. And prostrating herself before the Lord, she spoke tearfully to her Christ: ‘Behold, my Lord, is it possible You want to deliver into the hands of pagans Your defenseless handmaids, whom I have taught out of love for You? I pray You, Lord, protect these Your handmaids whom I cannot now save by myself.’ Suddenly a voice like that of a child resounded in her ears from the tabernacle: ‘I will always protect you!’ ‘My Lord,’ she added, ‘if it is Your wish, protect also this city which is sustained by Your love.’ Christ replied, ‘It will have to undergo trials, but it will be defended by My protection.’ Then the virgin, raising a face bathed in tears, comforted the sisters: ‘I assure you, daughters, that you will suffer no evil; only have faith in Christ.’

Upon seeing the courage of the sisters, the Saracens took flight and fled back over the walls they had scaled, unnerved by the strength of she who prayed. And Clare immediately admonished those who heard the voice I spoke of above, telling them severely: ‘Take care not to tell anyone about that voice while I am still alive, dearest daughters.'”
St. Clare had a living relationship with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. And so, when her convent was in dire need, it was to Jesus she went for help. And the Eucharist defeated the invaders. It was Jesus’ presence that repelled them.
I believe that Our Lady in the message of August 2 is urging us to become like Clare. Consider this excerpt of the message:
“…I know that each of you has his concerns, his trials. Therefore, I am inviting you in a motherly way: come to the table of my Son. He is breaking bread for you; He is giving Himself to you; He is giving you hope; He is asking for more faith, hope and serenity from you. He is seeking of you to battle within against egoism, judgement and human weaknesses. Therefore, as a mother, I am saying: pray; because prayer gives you strength for the interior battle…” (August 2, 2016)
Our Lady points out that each of us has concerns, each of us has troubles. It may not be an invasion of Saracens, but we are being invaded, daily, by temptations, fears, worldly troubles and woes, societal disruptions and troubles of all sorts brought on by sin. We have interior battles to fight. Just keeping our faith strong is a battle. With all the bad news these days, we have to fight to believe in God’s love and mercy.
It is in these battles that we must take Clare as an example. With deep reverence we need to come to the table of Jesus, where He breaks the bread with us. We must come to Jesus, in the Eucharist, present and waiting for us. In Jesus, we will find hope, faith, serenity, and the strength to battle egoism, judgment and all our human weaknesses. We need Eucharistic Adoration!!

And as we grow in our adoration of Jesus, our hearts will become monstrances filled with Jesus!  We can then plant the monstrance of our hearts, filled with Jesus, Our Lord, smack dab at the center of our interior battles, and then worship Him! Rather than be distracted by the troubles, we need to look at Jesus, and worship Him, just like Clare did. She didn’t get frantic when the enemies came into the monastery, she went into deep prayer before Jesus in the Monstrance, and Jesus spoke the words of command and protection that defeated her enemies.

In this day, Our Lady wants us all to be little Clares!! With the Eucharistic Jesus enthroned in our hearts, we need to plant ourselves as a protective hedge around our homes and communities, worshiping Jesus and asking Him to drive our enemies away! He will do it!
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2016

God is our loving Father !

       (c)Mateo Ivankovic 2016
JMJ

August 10, 2016
St. Lawrence
Dear Family of Mary!
July 25, 2016
“Dear children! I am looking at you and I see you lost; and you do not have prayer or joy in your heart. Return to prayer, little children, and put God in the first place and not man. Do not lose the hope which I am carrying to you. May this time, little children, every day, be a greater seeking of God in the silence of your heart; and pray, pray, pray until prayer becomes joy for you. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
I want to share the Homily from English Mass for Tuesday, August 9. It is given by a young Irish priest, who had a beautiful, gentle voice, and who spoke in such a winning way about God the Father and Jesus!! I just felt his words were important to remember. So here they are! You can hear him in the English Mass Homily archive on our website, 8/9/2016!
English Mass in Medjugorje – Homily of August 9, 2016:
There is God’s power and there is worldly power, and the two of them are very, very different. God’s power is not the power of the world. God’s power expresses itself in love, in service, in humility. The fruit of this type of power leads to joy, leads to happiness, and it leads to love. Worldly power, the opposite, seeks to dominate, to control, to take possession, to put yourself first. This doesn’t lead to joy, it leads to selfishness, unhappiness, and a lack of peace.
We see the disciples kind of veering towards this worldly power, wanting to bring this worldly power into God’s Kingdom. And Jesus stops them in their tracks. Jesus says to them that the greatest in God’s kingdom is a little child. Now a little child is a perfect person for an example of God’s power. A perfect person, because a little child has a heart that is pure, a heart that is loving. A heart that believes. If you tell a child something with sincerity, that child will believe and not question. The child is the perfect example of who is the greatest in God’s Kingdom.
And the greatest attribute of the child is trust. Trust is so important. A child knows it can’t do things for itself. The child needs its parent to look after it, to care for it. The child of God needs its Father. It needs God, its Father. And Jesus is the perfect example of both the child of God and the loving Father who is God. Jesus shows to us the loving face of God.

In Jesus, His personality, the way He is, His character, His love, His generosity, all of that says to us: this is your Father. This is who your Father is. Your Father, in Jesus, says to us, reveals that He loves us perfectly, as you are now. And we see this most perfectly in the Cross. That God would go that far to show that He loves you perfectly as you are now.

All of this says to us that this love for us children, this love is worthy of trust. Again Jesus also shows us that he is the perfect example of a Son. He is the perfect example of a loving son, a trusting son of the Father. Jesus, most beautifully, when He says, “Father” …the translation we have when He says Father, is “Abba”. Jesus was saying “Abba” …Daddy, Dada. That is what he was saying. The most intimate, loving term for His Father. This is how we, as sons and daughters, communicate with our dad! Because that is what He wants. This loving communication. And we see an example of what Jesus is, in His trust. No matter where He was He trusted His Dad.
But look, even with his perfect example that we have, there is a part of us which is broken, the part of us that has the tendency to sin. And because of this part of us that has a tendency to sin we can believe, we can actually believe that, no, I won’t trust God. I’ll trust in me. I’ll take control of myself. And it is a message we hear in the media and in our world – Trust yourself, put yourself first.
Yesterday I was out in back of church; I was sitting on the bench. And I saw this little boy, about 5 years old. And you know the way, when you are small, that you run away from your parents, and you think you are great because you are getting away from them. Well I could see this smile…he thought he was the best thing ever because he was getting away, running away, and his saw him and found him. But if we take that further, if a child does go further and further away, and if the parent didn’t notice…very shortly the smile that says “oh this is great!” would turn to fear. It would turn to being afraid, it would turn to unhappiness.
And that is the same for us with God. When we follow our own path, very often we are told that this is going to be great. But it leads to unhappiness. It leads to misery.
I suppose my own story…when I was growing up, I believed this message that if I took control of my own life (in my teenage years) that I would be happy. Everything that the world promises I followed. I was miserable. I was a very sad teenager. And by the grace of God, I ended up coming out here in 2005. And it took a couple of days to get into it because I hadn’t a clue about anything faith wise, you know.
So I remember it was on about the third night, I was at a prayer meeting. And I just felt this powerful motherly love. It was so powerful. And I knew it was the Blessed Mother. And I knew that in spite of my sinfulness and how far I was from God, that she loved me perfectly as her child. And she saw me as her child, in spite of my weaknesses and in spite of my sinfulness. And you know, I had a great experience here. And it changed my life.
And really that is the thing, because we can think of our past, because of the stuff that we have done, and all that. And we hear in the Gospel that we are called children. But there is a little voice that says, you are not worthy to be called God’s child.” And that is the biggest lie ever!! Because no matter what state we are in, Our Lady says to us, “My dear children!” My dear children! You are her dear child! You are the Father’s dear child and He loves you perfectly.

And the happiness of life is to grow in this love! To grow in this child-like-ness. A great saint for this is St. Therese. St. Therese was all about being like a little child. And she suffered an awful lot with scrupulosity. Scrupulosity is a terrible, terrible thing. It is when every little thing, every small thing feels like a sin. And she had no peace over it. But the more she came to know the loving heart of God, the more she came to know her Father, her Dad, her Abba, the more she was able to get rid of it.
She actually said that if I committed every sin in the entire world, if I committed every possible sin, I know that like a little child I can throw myself into my Father’s arms, and He will love me, embrace me, forgive me. And a beautiful thing that she says as well…she struggled with the spiritual live. She saw all these great saints like St. Theresa of Avila and St. John and the Cross, doing these great penances and working their way to God. And she said that I can’t do that, I can’t work my way to God. I am a little child. But I know what I can do. Have you ever seen a little child, and their hands go up! She says that I put my hands up to my Father, to my Dad, and of course, because He loves me, of course, He is going to want to pick me up and embrace me.
And that is the love of God. It is not in our trying, but in our weakness as little children, small children, our Dad takes pity on us, picks us up, and holds us close to Him. That little child yesterday, he didn’t get very far. He was picked up by his dad, embraced by his dad, and I would say he was very happy. And that is the thing. That really is the thing, to not try to grasp at God and not try to run away from Him, but just rest with Him. Rest in the arms of your loving Dad.
May this time, little children, every day, be a greater seeking of God in the silence of your heart; and pray, pray, pray until prayer becomes joy for you!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
(c)Mary TV 2016

My real living presence among you should make you happy!

       (c)Mateo Ivankovic 2016
JMJ

August 9, 2016
St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
Dear Family of Mary!
For all of us who are feeling any anxiety or fear of the future, Our Lady has given us her promise, that she is with us as a gift of God and that her presence will make us happy. Here are two of her recent messages that address our fear and worry. Be encouraged by these messages! They are for each one of us. They speak the truth, and they can heal us of our fear.
June 25, 2016
“Dear children! Give thanks to God with me for the gift of my being with you. Pray, little children, and live God’s commandments that it may be good for you on earth. Today, on this day of grace, I desire to give you my motherly blessing of peace and of my love. I intercede for you with my Son and call you to persevere in prayer so that, with you, I can realize my plans. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
July 2nd, 2016
“Dear children, My real, living presence among you should make you happy because this is the great love of my Son. He is sending me among you so that, with a motherly love, I may grant you safety; that you may comprehend that pain and joy, suffering and love, make your soul live intensely; that I may call you anew to glorify the Heart of Jesus, the heart of faith, the Eucharist. From day to day through the centuries, my Son, alive, returns among you – He returns to you, though He has never left you. When one of you, my children, returns to Him, my motherly heart leaps with joy. Therefore, my children, return to the Eucharist, to my Son. The way to my Son is difficult, full of renunciations, but at the end, there is always the light. I understand your pains and sufferings, and with motherly love I wipe your tears. Trust in my Son, because He will do for you what you would not even know how to ask for. You, my children, you should be concerned only for your soul, because it is the only thing on earth that belongs to you. You will bring it, dirty or clean, before the Heavenly Father. Remember, faith in the love of my Son will always be rewarded. I implore you, in a special way, to pray for those whom my Son called to live according to Him and to love their flock. Thank you.”

Our Lady is with us, to help us, to pray in us and for us, to watch over us, to sympathize with us, and to teach us. She is our Mother.
The saint for today, St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) wrote this about our relationship to Our Lady:

“And just as the heart sustains the other organs of the woman’s body and makes it possible for them to function, so we may genuinely believe there is just such a collaboration of Mary with every woman wherever that woman is fulfilling her vocation as woman; just so, there is a collaboration of Mary with us in all works of the Church. But just as grace cannot achieve its work in souls unless they open themselves to it in free decision, so also Mary cannot function fully as a mother if people do not entrust themselves to her.”
-Edith Stein, The Church, Woman, and Youth

What she is saying is true. Mary offers so much help, support and love to us, but we must be open to her help and presence in order to receive it! That is our job. We must open our hearts to Mary so she can free us of fear and anxiety. She will wipe our tears!
Trust in Mary, as she has been sent by God to us in this time, to help us!
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2016

Begin to pray the Rosary with a living faith!


Our Lady of Pompeii – in our yard!!  Taken August 6, 2016
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JMJ

August 8, 2016
St. Dominic
Dear Family of Mary!
June 12, 1986 “Dear children! Today I call you to begin to pray the Rosary with a living faith. That way I will be able to help you. You, dear children, wish to obtain graces, but you are not praying. I am not able to help you because you do not want to get started. Dear children, I am calling you to pray the Rosary and that your Rosary be an obligation which you shall fulfill with joy. That way you shall understand the reason I am with you this long. I desire to teach you to pray. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
Today is the Feast of St. Dominic! He is one of my favorite saints. In fact, we have a big statue which depicts St. Dominic, and St. Catherine of Siena, both receiving rosaries from Our Lady and Baby Jesus (see above). It is “Our Lady of Pompei” and is the image St. Bartolo Longo was given when he began his Rosary Campaign in Italy. His story is amazing!
This statue ended up in our yard a few years ago by a series of events that make me feel like it was meant to be here. The statue is huge, very heavy, and pure white. It was in a local chapel, and when the chapel was renovated, there was no room for it. A Medjugorje prayer group in our town decided it would be important to preserve the statue, and so together we arranged to store it, hoping to find a new church or chapel that would want it. It stayed in storage for several years. Then one day the warehouse was sold, and the statue needed to find a new home.
It was decided that our home was a good place for the beautiful marble statue. Denis and I prayed about where to place the statue. It was too heavy and big to come inside! We designated several spots in our yard, and then wrote them on little slips of paper. We prayed, and pulled out a slip. The spot? Right outside our picture window in the center of our yard! (This was the spot that Denis knelt in and prayed the Rosary over 40 years ago, asking Our Lady to let this be the home for our fledgling family!  She came through with that request, and we have lived here 37 years!)  Denis poured a slab of cement as a base, and then a fork lift and semi-truck delivered the statue, installing it on our cement slab! Whew!
Now we pray the rosary viewing this beautiful statue every morning and evening! It means so much to have two champions of the Rosary joining us. Truly they are a comfort and encouragement for Denis and me, as we try to respond to Our Lady’s call to pray the Rosary!
Here is a prayer to St. Dominic and St. Catherine, our companions in the Rosary!

Our Lady of Pompei

Prayer to St. Dominic and St. Catherine

O holy Priest of God and glorious Patriarch, Saint Dominic, thou who wast the friend, the well-beloved son and the confidant of the Queen of Heaven, and didst work so many miracles by the power of the Holy Rosary; and thou, Saint Catherine of Siena, first daughter of this Order of the Rosary, and powerful mediator at Mary’s throne with the Heart of Jesus, with whom thou didst exchange thy heart; do you, my beloved Saints, have regard to my necessities and pity the sad condition in which I now find myself. On earth you opened your hearts to the miseries of your fellow-men and your hands were strong to help them; now in heaven your charity hath not grown less nor hath your power waned. Pray, ah, pray for me to the Mother of the Rosary and to her divine Son, for I have great confidence that through your assistance I shall obtain the favor I so much desire. Amen.

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2016

Trust

 

(c) Mateo Ivankovic 2016

JMJ
July 19, 2016

Dear Family of Mary!

“…I understand your pains and sufferings, and with motherly love I wipe your tears. Trust in my Son, because He will do for you what you would not even know how to ask for…”(July 2,2016)

Why is it so hard to trust in Jesus? Why is it such a struggle to lay aside all our fears and open our hearts to the Lord of the Universe? Why is it that in the midst of suffering, we often pull back from the Lord and withdraw our trust?

Indeed, it is this struggle to trust that leads us to holiness. It is the fight to keep our faith, our hope, and our love for God that is the way to heaven. Our lives are journeys in which we face many obstacles and trials, all of which can build our trust in Jesus and help us to surrender completely to Him. But there is always the danger that we will run the other way when things get tough. We will get hurt and withdraw our trust.

Our Lady is with us to help us to maintain our faith and trust in God, and to grow in it. She is our coach on this long pilgrimage of life. And what a good coach she is!

Here are five messages in which “Coach” Mary gives us her encouragement to trust in her Son. She knows what she is talking about! And we need the boost, because this pilgrimage is a long one! (You might want to pray the Rosary, using one message for each decade.)

June 2, 2009 “Dear children! My love seeks your complete and unconditional love which will not leave you the same as you are, instead it will change you and teach you to trust in my Son. My children, with my love I am saving you and making you true witnesses of the goodness of my Son. Therefore, my children, do not be afraid to witness love in the name of my Son. Thank you.”

March 02, 2014″Dear children, I am coming to you as a mother and I desire that in me, as in a mother, you may find your abode, consolation and rest. Therefore, my children, apostles of my love, pray. Pray with humble devotion, obedience and complete trust in the Heavenly Father. Trust as I have trusted when it was said to me that I will bring the blessing of the promise. May out of your hearts, from your lips, always come forth ‘May your will be done!’ Therefore, trust and pray so that I can intercede for you before the Lord, for him to give you the Heavenly Blessing and fill you with the Holy Spirit. Then he will be able to help all those who do not know the Lord – you, apostles of my love, will help them to call him ‘Father’ with complete trust. Pray for your shepherds and place your trust in their blessed hands. Thank you.”

April 2, 2016 “Dear children, do not have hearts that are hard, closed and filled with fear. Permit my motherly love to illuminate them and fill them with love and hope; so that, as a mother, I may soothe your pains because I know them, I experienced them. Pain elevates and is the greatest prayer. My Son, in a special way, loves those who suffer pains. He sent me to soothe them for you and bring hope. Trust in Him. I know that it is difficult for you because you see more and more darkness around you. My children, it is necessary to break it by prayer and love. The one who prays and loves is not afraid, he has hope and a merciful love, he sees the light and sees my Son. As my apostles, I call you to keep trying to be an example of merciful love and hope. Always pray anew for all the more love because merciful love brings light which breaks every darkness – it brings my Son. Do not be afraid, you are not alone, I am with you. I implore you to pray for your shepherds that at every moment they may have love, that they may work for my Son with love – through Him and in memory of Him. Thank you.”

March 18, 2016 “Dear children, with a motherly heart filled with love for you, my children, I desire to teach you complete trust in God the Father. I desire for you to learn by an internal gaze and internal listening to follow God’s will. I desire for you to learn to boundlessly trust in His mercy and His love, as I always trusted. Therefore, my children, cleanse your hearts. Free yourselves from everything that binds you to only what is earthly and permit what is of God to form your life by your prayer and sacrifice so that God’s Kingdom may be in your heart; that you may begin to live proceeding from God the Father; that you may always strive to walk with my Son. But for all of this, my children, you must be poor in spirit and filled with love and mercy. You must have pure and simple hearts and always be ready to serve. My children, listen to me, I speak for your salvation. Thank you.”

August 25, 1996 “Dear children! Listen, because I wish to speak to you and to invite you to have more faith and trust in God, who loves you immeasurably. Little children, you do not know how to live in the grace of God, that is why I call you all anew, to carry the word of God in your heart and in thoughts. Little children, place the Sacred Scripture in a visible place in your family, and read and live it. Teach your children, because if you are not an example to them, children depart into godlessness. Reflect and pray and then God will be born in your heart and your heart will be joyous. Thank you for having for responded to my call.”

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2016

Concern for you soul, what does it mean?

 (c) Mateo Ivankovic 2016

JMJ

July 18, 2016

St. Camillus de Lellis

 

Dear Family of Mary!

 

“…You, my children, you should be concerned only for your soul, because it is the only thing on earth that belongs to you. You will bring it, dirty or clean, before the Heavenly Father. Remember, faith in the love of my Son will always be rewarded…”(July 2, 2016)

 

What does it mean to be concerned for one’s soul? Let’s check the Catechism again:

 

I. The Particular Judgment

1021 Death puts an end to human life as the time open to either accepting or rejecting the divine grace manifested in Christ. The New Testament speaks of judgment primarily in its aspect of the final encounter with Christ in his second coming, but also repeatedly affirms that each will be rewarded immediately after death in accordance with his works and faith. the parable of the poor man Lazarus and the words of Christ on the cross to the good thief, as well as other New Testament texts speak of a final destiny of the soul -a destiny which can be different for some and for others.

 

1022 Each man receives his eternal retribution in his immortal soul at the very moment of his death, in a particular judgment that refers his life to Christ: either entrance into the blessedness of heaven-through a purification or immediately, -or immediate and everlasting damnation.

 

At the evening of life, we shall be judged on our love.  (CCC 1021,1022)

 

Sobering words. Death is inevitable. We somehow know this. But we humans are very good at avoiding the reality of death, i.e., living as though it will not come for us. And even if we recognize the reality of death, even for ourselves, we seem to try to ignore the fact that our souls will live on. We hope that death will be the end of it all. Many people desire this. But we somehow know that it is not so. Our souls are immortal. They are made in God’s image, to live forever.

 

When we believe in our immortal souls, then we have to deal with what happens to us at death. And that is what Our Lady is getting at. She wants us to be concerned with our personal judgment. When we die, and our soul leaves our body, we will meet the Lord and we will recognize at that moment the state of our soul. We will see the sins we have retained, and the guilt we carry. We will see our souls, dirty or clean, in the gaze of Christ. The truth will be known.

 

Our Lady wants us to take care of business now, before that final moment. She wants us to be concerned with the state of our souls. We can take care of that business, through the Sacraments. Baptism is our most important step, where our original sin is cleansed and we are made children of God. Confession is the tribunal, the place where we can receive the salvation of Christ for all our subsequent sins, before we die, through the ministry of the priest. Holy Communion is the reception of the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ, through which we are strengthened to live a life of love and holiness on our way to eternity. We have the tools we need to prepare for our personal judgment.

 

Mother Mary does not want us to freeze up in fear. But she also doesn’t want us to waste time. In the Hail Mary we say: “Pray for us now and at the hour of our death.” Our Lady wants us to be practical. We only have two moments for sure in life, this very moment and the moment of our death. Everything in between is unknown. To care for our souls, we need to live this moment with the intention to repent and be free of sin, and then place our last moment in Mary’s hands, when we will need her help to receive mercy.

 

Our Lady tells us: “You, my children, you should be concerned only for your soul, because it is the only thing on earth that belongs to you.” God has given us our lives, our living souls and we want to return ourselves to Him intact, as a gift of gratitude and love. With Mary’s help, we will be able to do just that.

 

Here is the Church’s prayer said over a dying person after viaticum. It contains the great hope and love that the Church has for each soul:

 

Go forth, Christian soul, from this world

in the name of God, the almighty Father,

who created you,

in the name of Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God,

who suffered for you,

in the name of the Holy Spirit,

who was poured out upon you.

Go forth, faithful Christian!
May you live in peace this day,

may your home be with God in Zion,

with Mary, the virgin Mother of God,

with Joseph, and all the angels and saints….
May you return to [your Creator]

who formed you from the dust of the earth.

May holy Mary, the angels, and all the saints

come to meet you as you go forth from this life….
May you see your Redeemer face to face.

(1020 CCC)

 

May it be so for every soul!

 

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

©Mary TV 2016